We have all been in a place of waiting. Waiting for paperwork to be completed, for an appointment to be scheduled, for someone else to do something that we cannot do ourselves. Waiting for something that we have no control over or say in the completion process is frustrating. This type of waiting is hard work. This type of waiting feels like a delay in the process towards accomplishment.
On the other hand, expectation is a good deal easier. Expectation is a state of hopeful anticipation. Expectation is anticipation that is filled with a sense of well-being while being watchful for the outcome. Expectation includes a feeling of assurance in the positive completion of the process.
Luke 7:18-19 MSG
“John’s disciples reported back to him the news of all these events taking place. He sent two of them to the Master to ask the question, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”
Oh my goodness, here we find that John wasn’t just waiting, he was expecting. He was filled with assurance that Jesus was coming. John may not have been sure when, but he was sure.
In this instance, expectation is about faith. Faith in the assurance of things that we may not be able to see, yet we have an expectation and anticipation of a positive outcome. We all have to wait sometimes. Our options include a choice on how we will wait. Expectation is the definitely the better option.